Quick-Applied Flashing Options for Every Detail
April 9, 2019
Versico offers three different types of VersiGard® EPDM Quick-Applied (QA) Flashings to tackle the variety of details found on any given roof. All three feature the proven weatherability of EPDM and come with 30-mil of QA seam tape to create a watertight seal. The primary difference among the three is the amount of cure in the rubber, and the process used to manufacture them.

QA Uncured EPDM Flashing is used to flash irregularly-shaped objects or details with multiple angle changes. The uncured state of the flashing allows the rubber to be formed and stretched into place without reverting to its original shape, like cured rubber. The flashing formulation is designed to cure on the roof with exposure to heat. Since we need to limit heat exposure in the manufacturing process to keep the product uncured, we require all edges to be lap sealed. This is to keep water from getting between the flashing ply and the tape ply while the material cures on the roof. T-joints, corners, and pockets are all made from uncured flashing; which has a 9-month shelf life.

QA Overlayment Strip – often called “semi-cured” flashing – utilizes the same uncured flashing formulation, but is semi-cured with heat during the manufacturing process. The overlayment strip has the dark black look of uncured flashing, but is 70% cured to add tear resistance for stripping in metal edging or end laps. QA Overlayment Strip is packaged without the diamond pattern film as it is removed during the semi-curing process. This gives you an easy way to tell the difference between a roll of QA Uncured Flashing and QA Semi-Cured Flashing. Due to the semi-cured nature of QA Overlayment Strip, it can seal step-offs at splice intersections of 60-mil rubber without the need for T-joint covers. QA Overlayment Strip is better suited to strip-in seams than QA Uncured EPDM Flashing, as you can eliminate the need for lap sealant and T-joints.

QA Cured Cover Strip is made with the same 60-mil non-reinforced membrane as our standard sheeting, and is then laminated to 30-mil of QA seam tape. This product is primarily used for stripping-in metal or end-laps, and offers the same finished appearance as the field membrane. Due to the fully-cured nature and thickness of the product, T-joints are required at splice intersections.

VersiGard White EPDM Peel & Stick Flashing is available in uncured flashing and cured cover strip options; and is approved for use on both EPDM and TPO roofing systems. VersiGard’s White EPDM Peel & Stick Uncured Flashing has a more aggressive cure package to account for the fact that the white flashing will not gain as much heat naturally on the roof. This translates into a shorter shelf life of 6 months. Keeping your white or black uncured flashings cool during long term storage will help you to maximize its shelf life.

Versico has all your flashing needs covered. For more information about pressure-sensitive flashings, please contact your Regional Technical Manager.

    Ron Goodman
    EPDM Product Manager
    Product Marketing
    ron.goodman@carlisleccm.com
January 9, 2020
Installation Tips for QA Uncured Flashing Products

STORAGE: Heat exposure is what causes Quick-Applied (QA) Uncured Flashing to cure on the roof after installation, so storing all your QA Uncured Flashing in a cool place will maximize its shelf life. Versico performed an experiment where Peel and Stick (P&S) White EPDM Corners were refrigerated for 18 months and they were still uncured and usable. Pretty "cool" for a product with a 6-month shelf life! HEAT: Want to make your QA Uncured Flashing easier to work with? Use a heat gun to warm the flashing prior to installation in colder weather. Always heat P&S White Uncured EPDM Flashing, even in the warmer months. Rule of thumb; store cool and install warm! INSTALLATION: Speaking of forming corners, the QA Uncured Flashing stretches and forms better when the elongated diamond pattern is installed parallel to the deck membrane. Additionally, it helps to use the poly film as a separator when folding the corner in half to prevent the exposed tape edges from sticking to each other. POURABLE SEALER POCKETS: One of the biggest mistakes Versico encounters with Pourable Sealer Pockets is improperly applied or missing primer. It is very important to prime the flashing that is turned down into the pocket, as well as the flashing on the top rim of the pocket. Primer is necessary to achieve a long-term bond between Pourable Sealer and the pocket. If separation is present, it's likely that primer application was missed. It is also important and necessary to thoroughly clean and prime penetrations prior to filling pockets with pourable sealer. OUTSIDE CORNERS: Double-wrapping outside corners is a great idea on ballasted systems, especially if the base membrane isn't cut perfectly tight to the curb. QA Uncured Flashing needs to have a solid surface beneath it for long-term performance. If an additional layer of QA Uncured Flashing is installed to eliminate voids at outside corners, the corner flashing will be better able to withstand movement from expansion/contraction forces and will be less likely to develop a hole than if a single layer is used. LAP SEALANT: All QA Uncured Flashing requires Lap Sealant to be applied and feathered over the entire splice edge. Versico has all your flashing needs covered. For more information, please contact your Regional Technical Manager.     Ron Goodman     EPDM Product Manager     Product Marketing     ron.goodman@carlisleccm.com

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December 5, 2019
Seam Probing

Seam probing is an important final step in the hot air welding process because it is a good indicator to determine if proper fusion has occurred between the membrane layers. Whether the membrane is TPO or PVC, both products need to be probed – but with slightly different techniques. Probing must be done once hot air welds have thoroughly cooled (at least 20 minutes). Premature probing can damage warm seams. Hot air welded seams must be probed throughout the day to check seam quality and to make proper adjustments to hot air welding equipment. The repair of deficiencies must be done routinely throughout the day, but no later than the end of each workday. A blunt or dull cotter pin puller is an acceptable tool to perform the probing task. Versico offers a custom-designed Seam Probe that incorporates an ergonomic, threaded handle with a heat-treated, plated steel tip. With continued use these tools will wear down, creating a tip that is too sharp for probing. Blunting the tip is necessary when this occurs. When a substantial amount of probing is necessary, an extension pole can be threaded into the handle of the Versico probe. This allows the operator to stand up while probing long runs of field seams. Getting started Draw your probing tool tip along the edge of the heat welded seam. Apply firm pressure to probe the seam junction, but not into the bottom membrane sheet. The tool will not penetrate into the lap area of a properly welded seam. If the seam probing tool penetrates into the welded overlap area, use a water-soluble marker to mark the beginning and the end of voids or wrinkles in the seam edge. Repair seam deficiencies as soon as possible using the hand held welder. Versico recommends that repairs be made the same day deficiencies are discovered. Probe repaired seams after they have cooled completely. If the repair is acceptable, wipe off the water-soluble marker lines; if not acceptable, repair the seam using standard heat welded overlay procedures. Another reason all laps must be probed each day soon after they have cooled is to verify the welder set-up is effective. Particular attention must be given to all membrane intersections and heat welded seams at insulation joints. In addition, there should be periodic checks (including at the start of each day) to verify good peel strength. Considerations when probing TPO systems 1.) TPO does not "flow" like PVC. If you observe an area in which you see "flow" of the bottom ply, scorched areas of detail/flashing membrane, or scorched field membrane welds, these areas should be probed. If these areas are overheated to the point of membrane damage, an overlay repair will be required even if the weld probes successfully. 2.) A properly heated field membrane weld will typically have a visual "sheen" approximately 1/2" wide on the bottom sheet at the weld overlap. When walking seams, look for the sheen. If it is not present, probe to ensure weld quality.  3.) TPO seams require a minimum 1.5" weld. Welds less than 1.5" must be overlaid as stated in Versico’s specifications and details, even if probing does not produce deficiencies. Considerations when probing PVC systems 1.) Welds on PVC systems should produce "bleed out". Bleed out refers to the flow of the bottom ply (of the top sheet) outside of the weld. If you do not see bleed out at seam areas, this increases the probability the seam did not receive enough heat when it was welded. Be sure to probe these areas to ensure weld quality. 2.) PVC is a “softer” and more flexible membrane than TPO. As such, a different probe should be used than the one used on TPO roofing systems. The PVC probe should have a blunt/dull tip, or utilize a "hook" screwdriver with a flat head.  3.) PVC seams require a minimum 1.5" weld. If you observe welds which are less than 1.5", these should be overlaid following specifications and details, even if probing does not produce deficiencies. Remember, application of Cut Edge Sealant should not begin until all probing is completed. Please contact Jim Gage with questions.     Jim Gage     Senior Technical Specialist     Product Marketing     james.gage@carlisleccm.com

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November 21, 2019
Benefits of Using White P&S EPDM Accessories on TPO Systems

Versico Roofing Systems allows contractors to use several of its productivity-boosting VersiGard® EPDM Peel & Stick accessories on VersiWeld® TPO roofing systems with up to 20-year Total System Warranties. VersiGard White EPDM Peel & Stick (P&S) accessories can provide substantial labor savings on projects with hard-to-flash penetrations and are ideal when using a generator and hand welder isn't practical. Regardless of which roof system is being installed, experienced roofers understand there is always a good chance of encountering hard-to-flash roof penetrations, or simply a high volume of penetrations. Determining the best way to flash these items in a productive manner while ensuring a long-term watertight seal can be a serious challenge. This is where VersiGard White P&S accessories come into play. Keep in mind your alternative EPDM flashing options for TPO systems: Run into a hard-to-flash penetration? VersiGard White P&S Uncured Flashing is an option to consider. This material is highly malleable and adapts easily to odd shapes and surfaces, making it ideal for flashing pipes, scuppers, and other irregularly shaped penetrations. Overwhelmed by hundreds of roof curbs? Boost productivity by flashing curbs with VersiGard 20" White P&S Cured Flashing in conjunction with VersiGard White P&S 7" x 9" Inside/Outside Corners. This is the fastest way to flash roof curbs and can reduce application time by up to 70% when compared to non-P&S flashing options. White EPDM P&S accessories are also a great option for repairs on TPO roofs when access to power is difficult or it isn't practical to use a generator and hand welder. Transporting generators, power cords, and welders to difficult-to-reach roof sections can be cumbersome and labor-intensive. This additional labor can be avoided by white EPDM P&S accessories, since most of these materials will fit snugly into a backpack! If you're interested in receiving a free trial of VersiGard White EPDM Peel & Stick accessories, please submit a request using this form. Approved Products: VersiGard White EPDM P&S Pipe Seals VersiGard White EPDM P&S Pourable Sealer Pockets VersiGard White EPDM P&S Inside/Outside Corners and T-Joint Covers VersiGard White EPDM P&S T-Joint Covers VersiGard White EPDM P&S Uncured Flashing VersiGard White EPDM P&S 20" Cured Flashing     Ryan Ferguson     EPDM Product Specialist     Product Marketing     ryan.ferguson@carlisleccm.com

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